On Monday December 9th, 2013, Computer Mentors Group and Prewitt Solutions will host an “Hour of code” event at St. Peter Claver Catholic School, located at 1401 N. Governor Street
Tampa, FL 33602. The event will be hosted in one of the eight grade and involve all the students in that class from 10am to 11am.
What’s an Hour of Code? It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Hour of Code is being hosted nationally as a part of Computer Science Education week (Dec. 9 – 15, 2013). It is being supported by many national technology leaders including Bill Gates founder of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg CEO of Facebook, and thought leaders like Arianna Huffington founder of Huffington Post, Richard Branson founder of Virgin Group, Vice President Al Gore, and celebrities like NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, musician will.i.am. The goal is to get 10 million students to participate.
Why are we participating in an Hour of Code? We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by the year 2020 there will be a national demand for an additional 1.4mil computing jobs, but only 400,000 computer science students. Computer Mentors Group and Prewitt Solutions are looking to be at least local agents of change to help students choose Information Technology and related engineering and sciences as their career choices.
Both organizations will continue to jointly host coding training classes at St. Peter Claver and other schools within Hillsborough County. Training will be mostly related to computer programming and web programming, but will also include digital control programming including programming robots.
St. Peter Claver Catholic School was selected launch this offering for the hour of code because the school recently acquired a grant with which every student has received an Apple iPad. These iPads will be used as the tool for the students to learn programming.
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Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a “digital divide” non-profit organization comprised of computer professionals, and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youth. The group’s flagship program is called the STEM Corps High School Program where youth provide service through technology projects for non-profit organizations as a way of learning the technology field.
Prewitt Solutions was established in Tampa, FL with the goal of being the go to source for applied science and engineering solutions. Prewitt Solutions is a minority-owned consulting firm that provides cutting-edge solutions to complex and challenging problems, with expertise in applied research, STEM education and training, statistical design of experiments, web/software development, and computational analysis.
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Did you know?
· Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
· 90% of schools in the US do not teach computer science. In many countries, it’s required (China, Vietnam, Estonia. Soon UK, Australia)
· The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try. Only 2% are women. 1% are students of color.
· Programming literacy is going to be key to a child’s future. And this year we’re joining a massive campaign to prepare students for the 21st century during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-15).